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ORAU’s Fore is Honored by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

September 9, 2008

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Cathy Fore, director of collaborative initiatives in the University Partnerships Office, ORAU, has been honored for her outstanding contributions to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) community. The recognition came on Tuesday, Sept. 9, during the 2008 National HBCU Week conference, held September 7–10 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Leonard L. Haynes, executive director, White House Initiative on HBCUs, said Fore’s efforts have caused HBCUs to increase their participation in Oak Ridge relative to the fields of science and technology.

He also said, “Cathy has been a stalwart contributor and important advocate in helping the HBCU community move forward.”

Fore’s role is to create what she terms “smart” partnerships between HBCUs and federal agencies, private industry and other academia.

“As with any business venture, you first seek to understand how the business—in this case HBCUs—can support and complement your strategic mission and then create the right matches,” Fore said. “Since ORAU’s consortium members, customer base, stakeholders and work environment are rich in science and education, it seemed appropriate to establish research and development (R&D) clusters that reflect the research strengths of the HBCUs and other minority educational institutions (MEI). We identified five R&D clusters applicable to the ORAU HBCU/MEI Council of 21 colleges and learned that the colleges have among them 600 patents in those clusters.”

The “bottom line,” she explained, is finding a market niche that capitalizes on education and research innovation strengths.

Fore said that 25 years of working with HBCUs have given her a deep appreciation for the high quality of their faculty and students and the strength of their research in helping to further the national economy and research enterprise.

“What they’ve done historically and are doing for the future of this country makes being recognized by them very humbling,” she said. “I’m just an ordinary person with an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference. My message is simple: collaborate to innovate.”

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Cathy Fore, ORAU University Partnerships Office, was recognized for her advocacy of HBCU partnerships with federal agencies, private industry and other academia.

Cathy Fore, ORAU University Partnerships Office, was recognized for her advocacy of HBCU partnerships with federal agencies, private industry and other academia.
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